Applicability of Willems Method of Dental Age Assessment in 14 Years Threshold Children in South India - A Pilot Study
Department of Pedodontics & Preventive Dentistry, Asan Memorial Dental College & Hospital, Kanchipuram District, Tamil Nadu, India
- *Corresponding Author:
- Ekta Priya
MDS, DipFHID, Department of Pedodontics & Preventive Dentistry
Asan Memorial Dental College & Hospital, Asan Nagar
Keerapakkam, Oragadam Main Road
Kanchipuram District, Tamil Nadu, India
E-mail: ekta.pri[email protected]
Received Date: August 13, 2015 Accepted Date: September 10, 2015 Published Date: September 16, 2015
Citation:Priya E (2015) Applicability of Willem’s Method of Dental Age Assessment in 14 Years Threshold Children in South India - A Pilot Study. J Forensic Res S4:S4-002. doi:10.4172/2157-7145.1000S4-002
Copyright: © 2015 Priya E. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Age plays an important role in various fields such as forensic science, various social and legal settings and treatment planning in clinical dentistry. Children with undocumented birth date are vulnerable to violation of various child rights. This pilot study aimed to test the applicability of Willem’s method of dental age assessment at the threshold of 14 years considering prohibition of employment of children. The sample consisted of 30 males and 30 females. The dental age estimation was performed by two blinded examiners using Willem’s method. The accuracy of Willem’s method of age assessment was measured by the difference between the chronological age and estimated dental age. It was seen that there was underestimation of age in both males and females. The difference in females and males were -0.29 years and -0.23 years respectively. The scores of dental maturation described by Willems may be suitable for South Indian children.